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Voyeurism: The Art of the Peeping Tom

eye-through-keyhole-1024x576 The traditional art of the Peeping Tomhas often been regarded as a risqué act potentially plunging the offending individual into a rather deep reservoir of hot water.  In Ovid’s great myth, it was a cool and clean pool that Diana had been bathing in when Actaeon stumbled upon her and her nymphs in the forest, ...

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Fighting against the fetishisation of women, doesn’t work if you fetishise women

Fighting agains the fetishisation of women, does not happen by fetishising them “Whilst I don’t want to offend anyone,” Lily Allen writes in response to the backlash against her video for ‘Hard Out Here’, “I do strive to provoke thought and conversation. The video is meant to be a lighthearted satirical video that deals with objectification of women with modern pop culture. It has nothing to do ...

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The language we want our children to speak, is one that does not speak for them

Slang-wordle2-300x186 When Harris Academy in West Norwood banned the use of slang it was more than words being restricted but, rather, singularity. Many praised the action, hoping their schools would do the same. Would schools in the North, I wondered, ban their local colloquialisms? Would Cornwall, Scotland or Kent? Words ingrained in culture specific to their ...

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I Won’t Be Bowing Down, Beyonce. But Thank You For Asking.

I Won't Be Bowing Down, Beyonce. But Thank You For Asking Did I miss the part where everyone did something to piss off Beyonce? When she leaked her track on Sunday 17 March, “Bow Down / I Been On” (a song merge that I think may actually be Nicki Minaj playing Super Mario Brothers on Game Boy, and having a stroke), I’m sure there was little ...

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I’ll Huff, and I’ll Puff, But I’m Only a Fox

I'll Huff, and I'll Puff, But I'm Only a Fox Don’t trust foxes. Since foxes have been washing up illegally on our shores, they have been responsible for the widespread of social decay. Foxes have been taking our jobs and sleeping with our women. Broken Britain has witnessed an increase in knife and gun violence, with Metropolitan police targeting fox on fox crime. Last week ...

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Guest Blog – Tshaka Campbell – A Conversation of Questions

20100909-dsc_3202 About 8 or so years ago, I was conducting a workshop in California on Slam Poetry. The 3 day event included a panel discussion about  poetry of which I sat on with Billy Collins, who at the time was the US poet Laureate. The evening was going swimmingly, with a short performance by Mr. Collins ...

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